Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Steve
And I'm Faith Lapidus. The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary with two concerts later
this month in New York City. This week on our program, we play music by some hall
of famers, including artists who will be performing at those concerts.
was Aretha Franklin with her nineteen sixty-seven hit "Respect." The
Queen of Soul was the first woman to be honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame. That was in nineteen eighty-seven, a year after the first induction
ceremony, which took place at a hotel in New York.
first hall of famers included names like Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Ray Charles,
the Everly Brothers and, of course, Elvis Presley. Here he is with a song from
nineteen fifty-six, "Hound Dog."
Elvis Presley died in nineteen seventy-seven. But this
next Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to perform on October
twenty-ninth during the first of two nights of concerts. Here is Stevie Wonder with
his nineteen sixty-five hit single "Up-Tight (Everything's Alright)."
Also performing on the same night as Stevie Wonder will
be Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel combined rock and roll
with folk and pop to create their sound in the nineteen sixties.
Their first hit was also praised for its sense of
poetry. Here are Simon and Garfunkel with "The Sound of Silence."
David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash
will also perform at the concert. Crosby, Stills and Nash entered the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in nineteen ninety-seven.
Crosby, Stills and Nash released their
first album in nineteen sixty-nine. It included this song, "Marrakesh
nineteen ninety-nine, the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, was inducted into the Hall
of Fame. Bono from U2 introduced him.
BONO: "Here was a dude who carried himself like
Brando, Dylan and Elvis. But he was something new, too. He was the end of long
hair, brown rice and bell bottoms. He was the end of the twenty minute drum
solo. It was goodnight Haight-Ashbury, hello Asbury Park."
Haight-Ashbury is the San Francisco neighborhood where
hippies gathered in the nineteen sixties. Asbury Park is a beach town in New
Jersey, the state where Bruce Springsteen grew up. His first album in nineteen
seventy-three was called "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing
for the Hall of Fame anniversary. Here they are with their song "Tenth
artist performing for the anniversary will be Eric Clapton. The English-born
rocker was the first performer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame three times.
He was honored first as a member of the Yardbirds, then with Cream, then as a
solo performer in two thousand. Here is his reggae hit "I Shot The
Another hall of famer inducted more than
once is Paul Simon. He was honored as part of Simon and Garfunkel, then as a solo
artist in two thousand one. His best-known solo work is probably the album "Graceland."
He recorded it with musicians in South Africa in nineteen eighty-six. The album
included this song, "Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes."
The Irish group U2 will also be at the anniversary
concerts. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in two
thousand five. Bruce Springsteen did the honors:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: "This was a band that not only
wanted to lay claim to this world, but had their eyes on the next one, too.
This band has carried their faith and the great inspirational and resurrective
power of rock and roll with them.
They've never faltered, only a little bit. They believed in themselves,
but more importantly, they believed in U2. Thank you Bono, Edge, Adam, and
Larry. Please welcome U2 to the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame."
eighty-three album "War" dealt with conflict, especially the years of
violence in Northern Ireland. That conflict led to the song "Sunday Bloody
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in
Cleveland, Ohio, fourteen years ago. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Foundation was founded twenty-five years ago. Or twenty-six; it depends where
you read on the museum Web site.
In any case, nineteen
eighty-three was the year Ahmet Ertegun set out to establish an organization
that became the foundation. He was co-founder of Atlantic Records. He wanted to
recognize the people who have created what he called "the most popular
music of our time."
Our program was written by Nancy
Steinbach and produced by Caty Weaver. I'm Faith Lapidus.
And I'm Steve Ember. Join us again next week for THIS
IS AMERICA in VOA Special English.